The care of a dog can vary depending on the breed. Some require more maintenance than others depending on their coat, diseases they are prone to, amount of exercise needed, etc.
Some dog breeds are not suitable for first-time owners. If you own a German Shepherd or are thinking of getting one, it is important that you try to learn everything about it, such as its grooming, diet, and exercise needs.
German Shepherds are considered low to moderate maintenance animals. They are not that difficult to care for when it comes to their diet and exercise routine, but they have a dense and long double-layered coat that can present a greater challenge.
Reasons Why a German Shepherd Is Not High Maintenance
German Shepherds Don’t Tend to Run Away
German Shepherds are very loyal animals and attached to their owners. They love to spend time with their loved ones and show them all their love.
These animals will feel happy doing any type of physical activity or task with their human family members.
Due to the strong bond German Shepherds form with their family, they will never want to sneak out and run away from the house, unlike other dog breeds.
German Shepherds Are Not Difficult to Train
The German Shepherd is the 3rd most intelligent dog breed in the world. This makes it capable of learning any skill and command quickly. On top of that, this dog loves to please its owner all the time, which makes it easy to train.
It is true that they can be stubborn at times, but even so, they are easier dogs to train than other breeds.
German Shepherds Don’t Require Haircuts
It is never recommended to shave a dog’s coat as this can leave it exposed to extreme hot or cold weather. However, many people may choose to cut their German Shepherds’ hair short, but this is also not recommended by veterinarians.
Cutting a German Shepherd’s coat can expose it to cold winter weather or extreme summer heat causing skin problems. Clipping isn’t really necessary because this breed’s coat isn’t as thick as some others.
German Shepherds Do Not Require Frequent Baths
Most dog breeds should not be given frequent baths, and the German Shepherd is no exception. These dogs should only be bathed once every 4-6 weeks or when really needed.
How often you bathe your German Shepherd depends on the activities it engages in. If your dog has been trained to do a lot of outdoor activities, it may get dirty frequently.
German Shepherds Are Healthy Dogs
Unlike many breeds of dogs, German Shepherds are healthy and do not tend to suffer from many diseases on a frequent basis. That doesn’t mean they can’t suffer from certain health problems.
However, they do not need so many constant check-ups because if they are properly cared for and receive a good diet and daily exercise routine, it is very difficult for them to suffer from any disease.
Why Can a German Shepherd Be High Maintenance?
German Shepherds are moderate to high maintenance only in certain circumstances:
German Shepherds Shed Frequently
German Shepherds shed throughout the year and will shed more during the spring and fall, which are considered to be the heavy shedding seasons. Although it is not necessary to cut its hair, it is essential to brush it frequently.
During intense shedding seasons, you should do it every day of the week, but for the rest of the year, you should only do it 3 to 4 days a week, which is still higher than the number of times required by other dog breeds.
German Shepherds Suffer from Separation Anxiety
Remember that this breed of dog forms strong bonds with its owners and members of its human family. German Shepherds can be considered “Velcro dogs” because they always want to be close to their owners and follow them around the house.
Because of this, it is normal for these dogs to experience separation anxiety when left home alone. Generally, when a dog suffers from this disorder, it develops destructive behaviours that are not a problem in a small and calm dog breed.
However, these behaviours are more difficult to control in a German Shepherd due to their high energy level and athletic build.
German Shepherds Need a Lot of Daily Exercise
German Shepherds are very energetic dogs that need constant exercise. They need to be physically stimulated through exercise, games, training, etc.
Exercising them daily will not be a big problem for people with active lifestyles and who have experience taking care of dogs of this type. However, a person who only works and lives a sedentary lifestyle may not provide this dog with the amount of exercise it needs.
That will lead the German Shepherd to unleash chaos in the house since it will have a high level of energy accumulated in its body due to not being properly exercised.